Drug treatment has profound effect on cerebral malaria in mice

A potentially new way of treating cerebral malaria has been discovered by scientists at the Universities of Manchester and Glasgow, in a study using mice. The authors found that inhibiting a complex called the inflammasome, at the same time as delivering anti-malarial drugs, reduced mortality from experimental cerebral malaria in mice. The research, published in PNAS and funded by the […]

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Usutu, an African virus under surveillance in Europe

“This is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes that circulates between birds. It can attack the nervous system of certain birds, such as blackbirds, and cause significant mortality. It was first observed in southern Africa, in Swaziland, in 1959,” says Serafin Gutierrez, a virology researcher with CIRAD”S ASTRE research unit. The virus, called Usutu, belongs to the genus Flavivirus, which includes […]

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The latest blood pressure guidelines—what they mean for you

,Updated blood pressure guidelines from the American Heart Association mean that many more Americans, notably older people, are now diagnosed with high blood pressure, or hypertension. This may sound like bad news, but the new guidelines highlight some important lessons we cardiologists and heart health researchers have learned from the latest blood pressure studies. Specifically, we have learned that damage […]

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Why the eye could be the window to brain degeneration such as Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have shown for the first time that the eye could be a surrogate for brain degeneration like Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This research results have recently been published in the Journal of Ophthalmic Research and is the first clinical study showing a potential for peripheral retinal imaging to be used in monitoring AD and potentially other […]

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Suri Cruise Was the Most Adorable Vendor at NYC Pride

The Trump administration won’t acknowledge Pride Month, but hey, at least chic tween extraordinaire Suri Cruise is all about supporting the LGBTQ community. The 12-year-old Manhattanite and budding style icon attended New York City’s Pride parade this weekend —and kept attendees hydrated and well-fed. A source told US Weekly Suri and four of her friends "had a little stand set […]

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Proteins found in semen increase the spread of Ebola virus infection

Protein fragments, called amyloid fibrils, in human semen significantly increase Ebola virus infection and protect the virus against harsh environmental conditions such as heat and dehydration. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report these findings in a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Although Ebola is […]

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